Registration is underway for South Plains College Workforce Development courses


LUBBOCK – South Plains College Workforce Development will offer a variety of classes starting in May. Registration is open to interested individuals. The classes will be taught at the Bryon Martin Center (BMATC), 3201 Ave. Q, and at the Reese Center, 819 Gilbert Drive. 

The Medication Aide Update will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 6 in Room 143 at the Byron Martin Center. The cost of the class is $60. Participants can earn 0.7 Continuing Education Units. Marsha Thomas will be the instructor. 

This class is presented to fulfill the annual education renewal requirements for the Certified Medication Aide. Topics include review and update of medication aide training rules, medication administration and related responsibilities. Students will identify current state guidelines regarding the roles and responsibilities associated with medication administration for non-licensed nursing personnel employed in licensed health care agencies; and recognize current practices in medication administration, including side effects, implications and contraindications of commonly used drugs.                           

Participants must bring their license numbers at the time of registration and the day of the class. Pre-registration is recommended because only 24 students will be accepted. Students arriving after 9 a.m. will not be allowed to attend the class. Anyone who fails to return after lunch will not receive credit for the class. 

The Pharmacy Tech Test Preparation course will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting May 9 through June 29 in Room 103 at the BMATC. Nikki Aldridge will be the instructor. 

This is a test preparation review course for pharmacy technicians who will be taking the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. The course is designed to augment on-the-job training or provide an individual who has extensive knowledge with the tools to successfully complete the national exam. This is an introductory course where highly motivated individuals willing to spend a significant amount of outside class time in memorization and other study techniques can also benefit. Subjects covered include pharmacology, safety, terminology, packing, dispensing, distribution, inventory management, pharmacy law, reading prescriptions, pharmacy math including aliquots, ratios and proportions, calculating percentages, ratio strengths, business math, calculating IV flow rates and other related topics.                

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam (PTCB) is available throughout the year. There are further costs that are not included in the price of this course if a student chooses to do the Walgreens 100 hour externship which is $23 to SPC. There is a fee of $62 to receive a Pharmacy Technician in Training License which the student will be responsible for paying directly. There is a $50 fee for finger printing which the student will be responsible for paying directly. 

Students must have their trainee license before the last class. PTCB requires that examinees have a high school diploma or GED and have never been convicted of a felony. The meeting dates for this class are subject to change by the instructor. The $140 exam fee must be paid by students directly to                             

The Medication Administration for Nurse Aide class will meet from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 15 through Aug. 7 in Room 407 in Building 4 on the SPC Reese Center campus, 819 Gilbert Drive. The class will meet on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The instructor will be Mary Frances Berry. 

The cost is $495 and students will use the textbook “Administering Medications: Pharmacology for Healthcare Professionals, Eighth Edition.” A minimum of 10 participants is required for this class to make. Deadline for registration will be when the class is full with 21 students. 

All applicants are required to submit a current criminal background check printout from at the time of registration. 

Student will receive instruction in the responsibilities and procedures associated with preparation and administration of designated medications by non-licensed nursing personnel employed in health care facilities licensed by the Texas Department of Health. This intensive course is required for certification as a Medication Aide. Participants who satisfactorily complete the course will be awarded a Continuing Education Certificate for 14.0 hours. 

The Basic Phlebotomy class will start June 6 through Aug. 10. The class will meet from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in Room 128 at the BMATC. A minimum of 10 students is required for this class with enrollment limited to 12 students. On-site enrollment will not be accepted for this course. The tuition cost is $565. The textbook to be used is “The Complete Textbook of Phlebotomy” fourth edition. The course instructor will be Goose Estrada.               

Students will discuss theoretical and practical aspects of specimen collection including professionalism, ethics, terminology, quality control and safety. Students will learn to use basic laboratory terminology; identify name and function of laboratory equipment; and explain issues of quality control and safety. This course is designed to prepare students to take National Healthcare Association Certification Test which is included in this program. 

The National Certification Association requires all participants to have a high school diploma or GED. Participants must provide proof of immunization which includes Hepatitis B Series; 2-MMR’s; Tetanus no older than 10 years; Varicella (Chicken Pox) shot or proof of illness; and have a current negative TB test no older than 6 months prior to the first day of class. A flu shot will be required of all students enrolled between Oct. 1 and March 31. 

All clinical times will be scheduled during the day. Students will not be allowed to register and pay for the course unless all requirements are completed. Criminal background check will be performed for all students. No refund will be given for criminal background checks. 

Participants who satisfactorily complete the course will receive a certificate for 6.0 Continuing Education Units for 60 contact hours of instruction. 

For more information, call (806) 716-4906.